Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice - DNP

The Department of Nursing is proud to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), starting in summer 2016. The Nursing Department has offered a highly-regarded Master of Science in Nursing degree since 1992 and a robust RN to BSN program with online and traditional formats.

This program is designed for busy registered nurses who already have their MSN degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which builds on one's MSN education, is in line with the goals and objectives of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The AACN emphasizes that the demands of today’s dynamic healthcare environment necessitate registered nurses preparedness at a higher graduate level than the MSN. The DNP will prepare students to provide, coordinate and deliver healthcare services within an increasingly complex healthcare system. As the DNP is considered the terminal degree, the proposed program will focus on practice-oriented, evidence-based, research analysis and application within the healthcare community.

The overall goal of the Millersville DNP program is to develop the next generation of nursing practice leaders that will have a positive impact on healthcare in the central Pennsylvania region.

In order to achieve this overarching goal, the following program goals have been established:

  • To prepare nurse leaders to use advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking to design evidence-based care to improve the health of our communities.
  • To position students to provide leadership in developing health care policy, which will influence access and delivery of services for improvement of quality and outcome.

Recent national and regional data collected by the well-respected Education Advisory Board (EAB) shows strong demand for DNP trained nurses in some of the most populous states (California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania in the top five), and specifically in some of the Mid-Atlantic states including New York. As EAB reports “Employer demand for DNP-skilled nurses have increased over the last three years, both nationally and regionally.”

About the Program:

  • Designed for part-time study
  • Cohort model
  • Hybrid format: mix of online instruction plus 2 weekends (Friday night/Saturday) per semester
  • 36 credits
  • 330 hours of clinical experiences and an evidence-based practice project

** The program will have rolling acceptance of applications: for each summer’s cohort, full consideration will be made for those applications received by March 1.

Request More Information

To learn more about the admissions process, contact the College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning at 717-871-4723 or

For specific program information, contact Dr. Kelly Kuhns at

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